The Duke Knows Best (The Duke's Sons, #5) by Jane Ashford

The Duke Knows Best (The Duke's Sons, #5)

They're wrong for each other, for all the right reasons...Lord Randolph Gresham has come to London for one reason only--to find a suitable wife. Verity Sinclair may be intelligent, beautiful, and full of spirit, but her father knows a secret about Randolph that makes her entirely unsuitable as his bride. Not right for him at all, never, not a chance.Verity knows that Lord Randolph lives in a country parish, and she wants nothing more than to esca...

Details The Duke Knows Best (The Duke's Sons, #5)

TitleThe Duke Knows Best (The Duke's Sons, #5)
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
PublisherSourcebooks Casablanca
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews The Duke Knows Best (The Duke's Sons, #5)

  • Barbara Rogers
    Series: The Duke’s Sons #5Publication Date: 12/5/17This book was a delightful surprise. I saw several three-star reviews and wondered if I was going to agree or disagree with them. I also noticed that the author is compared to Georgette Heyer – and I’m not a fan of hers. So, imagine my delight when I thoroughly enjoyed the book! I would love to meet the Gresham family and learn more about them because they are a delightfully loving and supp...
  • Caitlyn Lynch
    The Duke Knows Best is the second book I've read in The Duke's Sons series (Nothing Like A Duke was the first). It's actually the sixth book in the series, which doesn't matter all that much as long as you don't mind not knowing the full background of the whole cast of characters.Verity Sinclair dreams of adventure. A season in London is her one opportunity to find a husband who will not only share but indulge those dreams. A clergyman with a cou...
  • Jennifer
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. This is the last book in Jane Ashford's The Duke's Sons series. It can be read as a stand alone however. I struggled with the book even though the writing was great. Randolph is the middle child of the Duke and a vicar. Verity Sinclair is the daughter of a vicar but seeks adventure. At the beginning, the switch of POV in the story was difficult. There was no warning of the change....
  • Samantha
    I am voluntarily submitting my honest review after receiving an ARC of this ebook from NetGalley. This book had all the elements of a bang-up Regency romance, but it just never really came together for me. Anachronistic language aside, much of the book's plot revolves around the childish antics of mean-spirited and annoying and insipid females. In short, this book that was long on sappy romance and short on content left me wanting. However, becau...
  • Linda
    This is the first time I have read a book by Jane Ashford. I like the setting of regency England, the Gresham family was charming, but honestly I won't be reading another one of Ashford's books again. This dragged along to the point I was going to give up on the whole thing. A good book to me is one that catches your interest right from the start and keeps it until the very last page. I felt like I plodded along on this one and would normally not...
  • Vânia Nunes
    Lord Randolph Gresham is one of the six sons of the Duke of Landford.He's a clergyman. And he loves what he does.But a misfortune has recently made any promotion within the Church impossible.To help him deal with the difficult years to come, Randolph decides it's time to find a wife. He spent years to overcome the loss of Rosalie Delacourt, and believed that his mother and his sister-in-laws could help him in this endeavor.In the first event he a...
  • Norah Gibbons
    I read an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. The Duke Knows Best is book number 5 in Jane Ashford’s series The Duke’s Sons. It could be read as a stand alone but as the other books in the series are very enjoyable I would suggest reading them all. The story is more sweet than steamy and one of the things I loved about this book is that the characters realize that actually talking to each other solves problems. So i...
  • Susan Parks
    3.5 stars. The last of the Duke's 6 sons is paired off in this book. Would love to see a few of the aux characters again! The main characters weren't all that, and there were so many story lines that really went no where. A few less story lines, all the way to completion, would be awesome, thank you.
  • Carrie Sprys
    This story begins with an interesting premise of a clergyman, Lord Randolph Gresham meeting Verity Sinclair, who has absolutely zero interest in the parish life. Having been raised by the Dean of Chester Cathedral, Verity is more interested in a life of adventure than continuing to live within the strict confines of the church. But during her first season, she discovers Lord Randolph has an affinity for music same as she and together they perform...
  • Joan
    This is the first book by this author that I have read and I will give another one a chance. This was a bit slow and dull for my taste, it moved along a bit to sedate for me, thought the characters were likable and the story was interesting when it got down to it, it was the getting there that was not engaging enough for me.
  • Kathy
    Let's start by saying that I have not read the previous four books in the series, so take what I say with a grain of salt......however, I really wanted to like this but the main characters just had no charisma together. None. I get that they sing well with each other, but all of us have known someone that we pair well with, but don't get along with. Heck, you only have to look at history to find a zillion "couples" including famous people like Gi...
  • McKenzie
    Netgalley ARC Review - In what would be the very opposite of the typical Hollywood "meet-cute", Jane Ashford debuts her latest couple. Due to this fact and all of other trademark elements of a good Regency romance that were present, I had high hopes for this story. However, the numerous complications endured by the couple, not to mention the inclusion of a most annoying friend character with a too modern slang vocabulary, the lovely, neatly-wrapp...
  • Marsha Spohn
    Reviewed at Keeper BookshelfWith The Duke Knows Best it appears that The Duke’s Sons series has come to an ending – I say “appears” for lately additional novellas have popped up after a series “official” closure, which I love but it’s not quite done then is it? We now have Randolph’s story, and this is a man that I had hoped would finally find true love and happiness, and at first glance it seems that Verity will not be that woman...
  • KriisGaia
    The Duke Knows Best (The Duke’s Sons Book 5) – Lord Randolph Gresham, purported to be the most attractive of the Duke of Langford’s six sons, is in search of a wife. Taking time off from his parish, he comes to London.Having lost the love of his life six years ago when he was unable to marry Rosalie Delacorte, Randolph has determined that now is the time to get back into the Marriage Mart and find a mate. Because after all, a churchman real...
  • Maureen Lubitz
    Originally posted on You Have Your Hands FullThe Duke Knows Best is a historical romance novel written by Jane Ashford. It is the fifth book in her The Duke’s Sons Regency-era historical romance series. I’ve read a couple of Ashford’s books before, so I was excited about the opportunity to read this one. Lord Randolph Gresham played a secondary role in his brother Robert’s book, Nothing Like a Duke. I was intrigued by the idea of a vicar ...
  • Melissa McHugh
    I feel really guilty because part of me just wants to write a scathing reviews book because it is not good. And it doesn't even feel like it belongs in this series. I loved the first few books in this series particularly the first two: The Bargain (Alan and Ariel) and Heir to A Duke (Nathaniel and Violet). Those books had incredibly engaging characters and romances. The two next two books weren't as great, but still satisfying. I didn't really li...
  • Jan
    Lord Randolph Gresham has come to London to find a wife – not a romance, not excitement, not the love of his life (he already lost her), but a suitable, biddable wife. He wants a helpmate for his life with a new congregation. He does not expect to find passionate love like his brothers have done.Miss Verity Sinclair, daughter of the Dean of Chester Cathedral, has persuaded her mother to bring her to London for a season. Even at her advanced age...
  • Connie Fischer
    London - 1819Lord Randolph Gresham, age 30, one of six sons of the Duke of Langford, is a handsome and dapper man. He is planning to stay at Langford House for the London season. He is the vicar of a parish in Northumberland. Six years ago, he was engaged to Rosalie Delacourt, but she passed away before their marriage. Randolph is a man who enjoys fencing and playing musical instruments.Verity Sinclair, age 24, has finally convinced her parents t...
  • Whitney Mcgregor (A Literary Perusal)
    I broke one of my #1 rules with this book: DON'T read a series out of order! However, I have never read Jane Ashford before and had the opportunity from Netgalley to review this so I jumped on it because I adore historical romance.Randolph and Verity's was easy to follow despite not reading the other brother's books first. I do hope to go back and read the others though! Randolph was intriguing as he's a really good man, not the dark romantic her...
  • Patrica Liebe
    I reviewed a copy of this book from NetGally for an honest review.Another wonderful book in The Duke's Sons series. This book was a bit different from the usual hero meets heroine. The hero was a clergyman and the heroine was the daughter of a very high member of the Clergy. Randolph is a clergyman in want of a wife and Verity is a women who is certain that she is not in want of a clergyman for a husband. The story takes place in the season which...
  • Anna Swedenmom
    A Definite Buy BUY BUY BUY book.......Well, I was a little unsure what rating I was going to give after looking at the other reviews. However, after reading the book, I went four stars! The story is a little different in the start with a heroine that is perhaps a little too blunt but that actually makes the entire story work. One of the differences in this book from others currently was that I did not need to read the entire series, I could sit a...
  • Laila Viking
    Well written book with great storyline and plot. A sweet book that has great romance. The story is true to it's time period and the language is also. I like when an author has made research about the time period they want to write the story in.I love the couples journey towards their HEA. There is drama, family issues, passion, emotions and some twists. Instant attraction. I like the supporting characters. It has a slow start but it gets better w...
  • Linda
    Verity Sinclair grew up in a small village with dreams of traveling the world. During her season in London, she meets handsome Lord Randolph Gresham, thought to be the handsomest of the Duke of Langford’s sons. She is turned off when she learns that he is a vicar in a small village and makes snide comments. He thinks she is rude and walks away. But the more they are together, they form a friendship that develops into romance. Verity’s father ...
  • Paula Swiniarski
    The Duke Knows Best was a wonderful book that I thoroughly enjoyed. It has heat, humor and romance, with a wonderful couple that you will fall in love with. Lord Randolph is a country minister that has a small scandal in his past but is looking for a new flock to minister to and Verity is a small town preacher’s daughter that longs to live in the big city. When they first meet Verity is dismayed to learn his occupation and rather rude when they...
  • Margaret Sholders
    I am hooked on Jane's series. She must check out lots of references. She has written about Randolph who is a son of a Duke. He works with church of moving around. He likes to stay and he meets Verity who wants to get away from her home. Randolph had run into her father in Christmas a while back. Major Spoiler! Now they are into London and has a call for them to sing for the hostess. After they are done to see a special man who can tell about you ...
  • MDM
    Protected and indulged teen-aged girls are often silly, and mean. Some things are as old as time. Jane Ashford does a wonderful job of reminding us of that truth in the very realistic friendships in "The Duke Knows Best". Verity doesn’t show remarkably good judgement in her first London season. She speaks her mind too quickly, makes rash friendships, and disregarding convention, pursues the limited adventures that are available to her. Randolph...
  • Allyson
    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. I have not read any of the other books in this series, but that did not detract from this story. This is the story of Randolph, a vicar, and Verity. Verity dreams of travel and adventure. She meets Randolph and is attracted to him but keeps herself at a distance as she feels his life in a country parish will not fulfil her. This was a cute story. The main characters all very likeable. The s...
  • Debra Martin
    I'm a fan of Ms. Ashford and was excited to read her new book. However, even though the writing was well done, I didn't really feel the connection between Randolph and Verity. Most of the book they siped at each other or were downright rude. It wasn't until the last few chapters did I see them start to connect over their love of music. Those chapters were superb. I did not like Verity's friend Olivia at all. She was a spoiled and mean-spirited ch...
  • Lauren
    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis book was a quick read and a pleasant one. I must admit that I have not read the rest of the series but I am going to add them to my to-read list after finishing this one. The characters were interesting and there were little bits of humor sprinkled throughout - it managed to have a large cast without being overwhelmingly boring. The only downsides for me are t...
  • Jane
    I hesitated to request this book from netgalley because I read one earlier book in the series but didn't care for it. However, the description got to me. I thought it was much better than book 2. The plot was more believable, the actions of the characters were more believable, and the romance developed at a better pace. There seemed to be genuine feeling between the couple rather than just lust. The big mystery is why the heroine puts up with a t...